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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year Everybody!!



Happy New Year Everybody!!

Thank you so much for your support and comments over this year of 2009!

As the year is coming to an end, a bright big beautiful new year is about to happen in the next few hours from now (for the states) and some other countries are soon to be celebrating the new year in few moments.

We appreciate you guys alot and thank you for your feedback from the projects that we've created in this year!

From the staff of "Themagical", Happy New Year!!

See ya real soon in 2010!!

Until Then,

Reighard

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas: Big Thunder Mountain Released!

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Here in the states its Christmas! As announced a few days ago, Big Thunder Mountain Beta 120309.003 was the current beta simulation at the time as you see the picture above.

Well, Themagical Simulation Academy website will be featuring the new updated simulation of Big Thunder Mountain version!! Play it today! Only at: http://simulations.themagical.nl/

Currently, the weather system is still not functional but all other updated features are ready to be released.

We would like to hear your feedback from playing the new updated simulation.

Thank you for your support this year and Merry Christmas!!

Happy Holiday's!!

Have a magical day!

Reighard
Simulation Development Team

Email: sdt@themagical.nl

P.S. Be sure to post your stories about how you came to themagical and the impact it had on you. You can join the discussion here. (*You must have an account with us to post on our forums.) You can always email us your stories too! Email us at: sdt@themagical.nl ! :D


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Big Thunder Mountain Christmas Gift! ^^

Hello everybody,

Just got word from the Webmaster that Big Thunder Mountain (updated version)
will be release at http://simulations.themagical.nl, on Dec 25th. Stay tuned for more info.!!!

Just a quick update! ;)

Merry Christmas Everyone! :D



Merry Christmas EVERYONE!!

WOW! Already Christmas 0_O?! Time has been flying by so fast to me this year, (LOL I'm still waiting for thanksgiving to come) and now its the Christmas holiday season!

The wonderful Christmas festivities like cookie baking, Christmas meals with family, presents exchange, drinking cups full of Hot Chocolate and enjoying TV Christmas movies specials (as well watching Christmas DVD/VHS movies). :D

To all from the staff of "Themagical", We wish you 'Happy Magical Holiday's, Merry Christmas and a great Happy Blessed New Year!!"

Thank you for your wonderful support this year!

Merry Christmas,


Reighard

Email: sdt@themagical.nl

P.S. Keep those stories coming!! Thanks to those who posted/emailed your stories! :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cedar Fair L.P. bought out by Apollo Global Management


In a major announcement today, Cedar Fair has released that they've agreed to be purchased by Apollo Global Management. The $2.4 billion agreement will see Apollo assume all of Cedar Fair's debt, which leaves about $635 million as the premium price of the company. Apollo is a very large investment company, generally similar to Blackstone which just purchased the Busch Entertainment parks.

Cedar Fair's board has already approved the sale, though it is contingent on obtaining a 2/3 vote of the company's unit holders. If all goes as planned, the sale could close at the start of the 2nd quarter 2010, leaving Cedar Fair as a private company wholly owned by an affiliate of Apollo Global.

What does this mean for the parks? Too early to say. Apollo does have investments in entertainment companies such as Harrah's and AMC Movie Theaters, though this would be their first with amusement parks.

There are many variables that still need to play out for me to feel comfortable having a strong opinion on this. As of now, Cedar Fair certainly was struggling under it's current management in many areas, but strong as ever in others. The Paramount purchase mess really did create a debt load that was too much to sustain in these times, so something had to give.

If the sale goes though it will be some time before we see how much of Cedar Fair's current corporate mentality soldiers on, and that's the most important factor to me. Really, it could be fantastic news... or awful - as much as I hate to say it only time will tell on that one.

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The reason why I have posted this article is it hits home here for me (Reighard). Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, PA is owned by Cedar Fair L.P. company. Now, since Apollo bought Cedar Fair L.P. company the future of Dorney Park and the other 11 amusement parks owned by Cedar Fair L.P. is uncertain what will it bring under the new management of the new owners of the parks.

The video link provided talks about the future projects that is planned for 2010 season and the interview with Dick Kinzel CEO of Cedar Fair L.P. company.

First, if you have a lot of time and you want to know more about the purchase of Cedar Fair by Apollo, you can read their filings with the SEC - but it's a bazillion pages long so be warned.

On the flipside, the Sandusky Register has an article with a video up that's of a quite long conversation with Kinzel himself. Lots of items are covered, such as Kinzel staying at head of the company for a while still, headquarters staying in Sandusky, how the deal went down, and more. You can check out that video and article here.

This is my home park and seeing how it improved over the years, I'm quite uncertain what will Apollo do with the parks it now owns (including my home park: Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom).

Special thanks to NewsPlusNotes to provide more details of this buy out of Cedar Fair L.P. company and Apollo Global Management.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Roy E. Disney Passed Away, died aged 79

December 16, 2009, Disney Parks cast members worldwide are mourning the loss of Roy E. Disney. He was a Disney Legend who played an important role in many of our lives. Here are some of our favorite images of Roy over the years:







Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old. Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker, and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney’s animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period, and from 1984 – 2003, served as vice chairman of the Company’s board of directors, and chairman of the Studio’s Animation Department. In recent years, he held the title of director emeritus and consultant for the Company.

As head of Disney Animation, Disney helped to guide the Studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes that included “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” He personally executive produced “Fantasia/2000,” a sequel to the 1940 Disney classic, and served in a similar capacity on a number of recent animated shorts, including the 2004 Oscar®-nominated “Destino,” based on storyboards and original art by the iconic artist Salvador Dali. In the area of live-action films, Disney and his wife, Leslie DeMeuse Disney, most recently executive produced the 2008 feature documentary, “Morning Light,” which followed a group of young sailors as they competed in the grueling Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

His philanthropic activities included sponsorship of the Roy E. Disney Center for the Performing Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, part of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, is scheduled to open in spring, 2010.

Commenting on the announcement, Bob Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said, “On behalf of everyone at Disney, we are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Roy E. Disney. He was much more than a valued 56-year Company veteran – Roy’s true passion and focus were preserving and building upon the amazing legacy of Disney animation that was started by his father and uncle. Roy’s commitment to the art of animation was unparalleled and will always remain his personal legacy and one of his greatest contributions to Disney’s past, present and future.”

John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, added, “I first met Roy when I was still an animation student at CalArts. Not only did I consider him a personal friend, but he was a great man who believed deeply in the art of animation. He put his heart and soul into preserving Disney’s legendary past, while helping to move the art of animation into the modern age by embracing new technology. Roy was a visionary and passionate supporter of the art form, and he was all about quality. I was always impressed that he would make time for someone like me when I was fresh out of college, and he continued to support and encourage me throughout my career.”

Stanley Gold, president, Shamrock Holdings, said, “Roy and I enjoyed a 35-year friendship and partnership that was simply special. We faced many business challenges together, had fun in the process, and enjoyed a wide variety of professional successes. Roy was a man who was steadfastly loyal to his principles and to his friends. He was a gracious, humble gentleman who could make the tough decisions life sometimes requires. He carried the torch high and proud, and the world is a better place for his tireless efforts. I will miss him greatly.

Roy Edward Disney was born in Los Angeles on January 10, 1930 to Roy O. Disney and Edna Francis Disney. His father and his uncle, Walt Disney, co-founded the Disney entertainment business in 1923.

After attending Harvard School and Pomona College, Disney launched his entertainment industry career in 1952, working as an assistant film editor on the “Dragnet” TV series.

He joined The Walt Disney Studios in 1953 as an assistant film editor, where his credits included the landmark Academy Award®-winning True-Life Adventures features, “The Living Desert” and “The Vanishing Prairie.” As a writer and production associate, he received Oscar® nominations for his work on the short subject, “Mysteries of the Deep” in 1959, and in 2003 for his work as executive producer for “Destino.”

Disney produced and directed some 35 other TV and theatrical production, including the landmark 1968 documentary, “Varda, the Peregrine Falcon,” before leaving in 1977 to become an independent producer and investor.

In 1978, Disney founded Shamrock Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned family enterprise headquartered in Burbank, California, which specializes in private equity, real estate, and public equities investing. He served as chairman of the company, which has approximately $1.5 billion of capital committed to funds.

An avid competitive sailor, Disney holds several elapsed-time records for offshore races in the Pacific Ocean, including multiple wins in the 2,225-mile Transpac.

Among his many professional and philanthropic activities, Disney served on the board of trustees of California Institute of the Arts, the advisory board of St. Joseph Medical Center, and the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, Inc. Additionally, he was an advisory member of the board of directors of the United States Committee for UNICEF, chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the Peregrine Fund, a member of the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House charities, and a member of the board of trustees of the American Ireland Fund.

In 1993, he received the Winsor McCay Award (a special “Annie Award”) from ASIFA-Hollywood (The International Animated Film Society). The McCay Award is for lifetime achievement in animation. In 1997, Disney was awarded the first “Mort Walker Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cartoon Industry,” by the Boca Raton International Museum of Cartoon Art.

Disney received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from his alma mater Pomona College in 1998. In 2002, he received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Mercy College in New York. The following year, he was presented with the Trustees’ Award and honorary Doctor of the Arts degree from CalArts.

Among his other honors, Disney was named a recipient of the 1999 National Catholic Education Association Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to children and education. In April 1999, Disney received the Henry Bergh Humane Award from the ASPCA, and in spring 2000, he was awarded the Inaugural Environmental Leadership Award from the Audubon Society.

Disney is survived by his wife, Leslie, and four children from his marriage to Patricia Dailey Disney – Tim Disney, Roy Patrick Disney, Abigail Disney, and Susan Disney Lord. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private, followed by cremation. His ashes will be scattered at sea. Plans for a Life Celebration will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.

Source:
- Disney Parks Blog

Friday, December 18, 2009

How were you introduce to 'Themagical' website?

Hey Everybody!

Reighard here to want to ask you guys (& gals too ) a question. "How were you introduce to "Themagical" website?"

I want to hear your stories how you found us online and what was your expressions when you played our simulations.

I was wondering how you all found us online and hear how this site made an impact to you while you were on our site.

It's kinda neat to hear the stories of how we found 'Themagical' and the impact it has made on us.

Here's a great story: Carteerio from themagical.nl SDT Research Team

Q1.) How did you hear about themagical.nl site?

A.) Well... it's a funny story. it was early December of 2007 when I was waiting around the airport with my mom's coworker who was on the computer at the time..

he and I hung out for a little bit in the baggage office (as he worked for the airlines) and he showed me the Tower of Terror simulation.

Right when he showed I was very very excited to see a Disney sim that was just so.. awesome.
A little bit later on (about a day) I soon discovered to other three simulations (as there were only four at the time) and was completely amazed.

After finding all four, I soon joined the great community of themagical.nl to get a bit more attached to these sims. ... finding out that the next one would be so far away... four months.

You can post here and/or email us!

You can email us at: sdt@themagical.nl

Let the stories begin!!

P.S. You can post your story here on the forums! Click here to post your story!
(**You must have an account with us to post on the forums.)

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Hey Everybody!

Reighard hier te willen vragen jullie (en ook) een vraag gals. "Hoe was je kennismaken met" Themagical "website?"

Ik wil je verhalen horen hoe u ons gevonden online en wat was je expressies wanneer u gespeeld onze simulaties.

Ik vroeg me af hoe je alle gevonden ons online en horen hoe deze site maakte een invloed op je terwijl je op onze site.

Het is een beetje netjes aan de verhalen van horen hoe we gevonden 'Themagical' en de impact die het heeft gemaakt op ons.

Hier is een mooi verhaal: Carteerio van themagical.nl SDT Research Team

Q1.) Hoe heeft u gehoord over themagical.nl site?

A.) Nou ... het is een grappig verhaal. Het was begin december 2007 toen ik zat te wachten rond de luchthaven met de collega van mijn moeder die op de computer op het moment ..

hij en ik hing uit voor een klein beetje bagage in het kantoor (als hij werkte voor de luchtvaartmaatschappijen) en hij toonde mij de Tower of Terror simulatie.

Gelijk toen hij toonde Ik was heel erg enthousiast om een Disney sim dat was gewoon zo te zien .. ontzagwekkend.
Een beetje later (ongeveer een dag) Ik ontdekte al snel naar andere drie simulaties (als er maar vier waren op het moment) en was helemaal verbaasd.

Na het vinden van alle vier, ik al snel lid van de grote gemeenschap van themagical.nl om een beetje meer verbonden aan deze Sims. ... erachter dat de komende een tot nu toe zou zijn weg ... vier maanden.

U kunt hier en post / of e-mail ons!

U kunt ons mailen op: sdt@themagical.nl

Laat de verhalen beginnen!

P.S. U kunt uw verhaal hier op het forum! Klik hier om je verhaal!
(** U moet beschikken over een account bij ons te plaatsen op de forums.
)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Big Thunder Mountain Simulation Update

Hi everybody!

As you already may have heard here or on the website, "Big Thunder Mountain" simulation is getting an upgrade!

Below you'll notice alot of new things in this new upgrade.

(BTM Simulation Version: 12.13.09.003)

(*Click on the picture to see in a larger view - December 13, 2009 BTM Simulation Version)

Currently the new features (Beta version 12.13.09.003):

-A new and more realistic version of Big Thunder Mountain that's based in Disneyland Paris
- Climate Weather System Engine (more details later)
- Fast Pass Line introduced
- Fast Pass and Stand By queue line rows active

Stay tuned for more further updates here and on the website ;)

Merry Christmas!! :D

Reighard
Simulation Development Team
Email: sdt@themagical.nl

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Adobe Flash Player Update


Adobe® Flash® Player 10
(version update! 12/09/09)

Adobe Flash Player (formerly Macromedia Flash Player) lets you view the best animation and entertainment on the Web. It displays Web application front-ends, high-impact Web site user interfaces, interactive online advertising, and short-form to long-form animation. Since it is free of the design restrictions of more traditional Web display options, you can use it to clearly and exactly express your brand and company identity.

Adobe Flash Player is the client runtime that delivers powerful and consistent user experiences across major operating systems, browsers, mobile phones, and devices.

Adobe Flash Player is the standard for delivering high-impact, rich Web content. Designs, animation, and application user interfaces are deployed immediately across all browsers and platforms, attracting and engaging users with a rich Web experience.

Adobe currently released a new flash player update to version: 10.0.42.34.

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player version 10.0.32.18 and earlier. These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Big Thunder Mountain Update 2009

Hi folks,

The Big Thunder Mountain Simulation is being prepared to the switch to the TSA simulations spot. I thought it was a easy transfer, but I was wrong.

I had to change a lot of coding so, decided to extend the sim with some new possibilities.

The BTM is getting a update with: improved scripting, a fastpass row, new sounds en and weather system

Please stay tuned for more information.

~Martijn Leseman (Webmaster of 'Themagical)
Email: webmaster@themagical.nl

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Themagical!! Dec. 1, 2009



December 1, 2009 marks the 9th birthday for "Themagical" website! 9 years its been faithfully being online and showing an impressive online simulations that continues to grow.

Even to the surprise of the webmaster himself, was surprised that his simulations and website are a huge popular hit online to this day.

Quote from Interview of Webmaster/Founder of "Themagical" website:

"No, really did not, surprises me a little bit. Thought that the Sims never is popular, but it turned out to be a great spot for simulation lovers."

Themagical team is happy for your support over the years and wishing that this site to continue to bring more smiles and enjoyment of playing the simulations. We are glad you can give us feedback on how to improve the simulations and as well suggest new simulation ideas for a possible future simulation.

Thanks to you guys we are still online and as well hoping more years to come for 'Themagical' website community!

I leave you with this personal quote from the Webmaster/Founder of 'Themagical':

"I really hope everybody loves to play the simulations as much as I still do, and I am glad I am not the only one who loves them. Thanks for all the support!" ~Martijn Leseman

Until then,


Reighard
Simulation Development Team

Email: sdt@themagical.nl

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Exclusive Intereview: Martijn Leseman! :D

Hello ALL!

I hope you are had a great thanksgiving (in the states) and as well black friday shopping for those who manage to make it safe from the stores and back to your house.

Have I got a treat for you! This is over due and I think its the perfect time to do this too!

Let me lay the foundation for this article, first this is an over due interview that was in the works but never had time to do it since our life schedules and work schedule had us both hands tied up for the longest time. So when finally I got the time and he did as well, I was able to ask him if he would like to do a special interview for our readers and visitors who are reading this blog.

I was blessed to get a chance to see him in person in the Netherlands back in October 2008. We talked coasters, theme parks, roller coasters, drank cappuccino (x2 for us) and as well talked 'Themagical' stuff and the future of 'Themagical'.



(Martijn ^^ & me ^^ (Reighard)


As the picture you can see above (Martijn on the left and me (Reighard) on the right) ), this was the picture I took of us when I was there and boy, we both had a great time. :D

Well last night, we were able to talk via msn messenger and I had the pleasure to have an exclusive interview with my pal and buddy Martijn who is the webmaster/ simulator creator of the simulations that you see on 'Themagical's' website.

NOW! On with the interview! :D

"Themagical Special Interview: Martijn Leseman"


Q) Now, since we are coming close to the birthday of Themagical (December 1), have you ever imagined that your site will be making this far online?


A) No, really did not, surprises me a little bit. Thought that the Sims never is popular, but it turned out to be a great spot for simulation lovers. I saw similar simulations at other websites, really got my attention, as I always want to know how an attraction works and just wondered how it would be to control them by myself.


Q) From that, where did the name "Themagical" came from?


A) Hmm, I first had a similar name themagical-online before I registered this domain. I think it came from the idea of creating a "magical" website, a Disney magic. Just added some combinations and voila: Themagical.nl registered the domain at December 1st 2000.


At that time it was not possible to register an .nl domain, without being Dutch Company. But a company had the possibility for normal people to do so. After 3 years I bought the domain officially and registered it at my own name at the time the law changed in the Netherlands.


Q) Tell me about the process about creating your first simulation; Tower Of Terror was your first simulation correct? What made you decide to create that simulation than any other E-Ticket Attraction?


A) My first simulation was the Space Mountain Simulation. It all started with watching the "Shot for the Moon" documentary playing at the TV station in the Netherlands, around the time Space Mountain opened in Disneyland Paris.


I had my first computer and started to experiment with Flash, as other Sims I saw at the internet, a lot used flash. So tried to find all information I could, at the internet, about the new SM and draw my first lines for the sim really took a lot of time, because the first project is always difficult.


Q) How long took you to create your simulations?


A) Sm (Space Mountain) took me about 1.5 year. BTM (Big Thunder Mountain), the 2nd one shorter already knew how to start a simulation at that time. Released the BTM sim in 2005, a lot of time is used for preparation, like getting all stuff which is related to the attraction: pictures/audio, documents, and blueprints. SM and the BTM sim are built on handmade drawings, (btw the MPI ‘Millionaire Play It’ sim too).


Q) From the time 2001 through 2006 showed big traffic to your website and notice that it grew as well your staff. We we’re introduce to Millionaire Play It (MPI) the following year in March 2007. What made you to decide Millionaire Play It as your next "5th" simulation to the website?


A) I met a guy named Randy, also a big enthusiast with simulation. We got in touch, and started to work together at the project. I did not have a project running at the time, and wanted to stop creating Sims. But he managed to get me working again and 2 new simulations followed. MPI is a comprehensive project as the show is difficult to simulate, but we managed to finish the sim and it worked. A great new addition to the website, already 5 simulations.


EE (Expedition Everest) follow in 2008 with a lot of new techniques used for the sim. Better action scripting, more options, improved performance and the introduction of flash 10 plugin.


Q) You said that you weren't going to expand the simulations. WOW! So what made you to continue, it sounded like you were done making any more simulations!?


A) Building the Sims is a time consuming development and my life changed.

So I had to spend more time at other things in life. I’m married and had (still have) a full-time job. So my personal life asked a lot of time, and I had to leave the website. But with the MPI simulation, the idea of working at a development team, just got me to work again as we could share the development and creation of the huge amount of props build for the sim.


Q) Randy, as you mentioned came to help you work on your website. How did you get in contact with him? And what does he do to help you on your website?


A) My specialty is scripting, and Randy had the great visual views. We met by an email send by randy. After some posts at the forum, he asked me, if he could join the Dev Team. We mailed a lot and I decided I needed someone at the Team, with the same "drive" for the Sims, with the same view about making a good simulation work. We both love the Disney theme parks, and also visited them, so had a lot of ideas.


I remember that I build the first 2 Sims without having visited the attractions before. So we started to work together. Sometimes difficult, because the difference in time. I'm living at the Netherlands, and Randy in the US. So a 6 hour difference. But I managed to keep each other up-to-date by using email


And send daily/weekly updates. Of course, by discussing hours by msn;

One advantage, I sometimes work a nightshift, so we had more time, and then normally would have, with a 6 hour time difference. The last 2 Sims are a US-Eu co-operation. He also currently “Working at the introduction of a refurbished BTM simulation for the TSA (Themagical Simulation Academy) pages”.


Q) What do you see for the future of themagical? Any new plans for themagical?


A) Yeah, thinking about a new simulation, and working at a co-project for another friend-website. But first I will finish the transfer of the simulation to the TSA website, so that all 6 Sims can save scores. So Tm will have a separate Sims section and a forum section.


Q) What's this TSA? What does it stand for?


A) Ok, TSA means Themagical Simulation Academy. First wanted to give the new section this name, but I found out that Disney already used a similar name for a website section. Still using the name for the project, but trying to find a new name for the future still in progress. The idea was to build a place where you could be virtually educated as Cast member.


Q) Did I hear about new simulations in the works??! Is there a way of a sneak peak of these new simulations?


A) No sneak peak, still choosing which project it is going to be.

My fav’s are Indiana jones and Splash Mountain. Both classic rides, especially the last one.


Q) Do you have any comments to our viewers of the website that you would like to say?


A) I really hope everybody loves to play the simulations as much as I still do, and I am glad I am

not the only one who loves them. Thanks for all the support!





Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving



Hey Everyone!

We are within about a week before here in the "States" have the national holiday of Thanksgiving!

Ah...the second best time of the year to come together with family and friends over a delicious hot juicy turkey and all the fixings. I know this is my favorite time of holiday to enjoy delicious food and fellowship.

Even getting together for a meal is wonderful to enjoy and celebrate as one. Where ever you are at right now, think of things that you are thankful for this year. It's great to reflect on these things and as well to find ways to help others in need. Maybe even volunteering at a local soup kitchen to feed the homeless this holiday season and many other ways to help families who are in need of help to provide a hot meal this holiday and as well daily life.

As the following day after thanksgiving, is a season where everbody goes shopping like a mad crazy person. This is known where stores around the nation sells items for real less prices and as well make great deals for certain hours of the day! This is called "Black Friday".

Black friday is a term where the day after thanksgiving, people will go to the stores very early early in the morning around 1am or so to buy items that are hot ticket items. Local stores like Best Buy, Walmart, Sears, etc... will sell certain products the night of black friday, people who stand for hours before the store close, just to be the first one to get hands on a hot selling product. People usually shop for christmas deals already and finding prices that they can afford since we are all still in the economy is weak. So hopefully, more revenue will help stores and as well the people who work there make a decent pay check this season.

For all of those who are visiting us here and as well who are members from the "States", the staff of 'Themagical' team wishes you and your families to have a safe and enjoyable thanksgiving day!

Until then!

Reighard

Monday, November 2, 2009

Blog Update


Blog Update!

Hello all! We have an exciting news to announce to you all readers. By now you've notice the new change of our theme from the a crowded messy desk like theme to theater lighting theme.

The previous theme was causing alot of issues with FireFox 3.0 (and higher) and for mobile phones it was hard to read the postings. So with that in mind, I was trying to find a suitable theme that is nice and compatible to all platforms. Thus, this is the right theme for this blog. :D

I wanted a nice theme that makes you feel that there's alot of possiblities when it comes to creativity to creating flash sites/simulations and other special projects at 'Themagical'.

We would like to hear your feedback! Tell us what you think of the new theme! :)

Until then,

Reighard

Email: sdt@themagical.nl

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chat with US LIVE VIA IM!!




Yes! A special announcement for all to enjoy! We'll be chatting with you Live tomorrow at two different times so those can make it to our chat room session.

Chat Session Schedule: *Today: In Session now & 11pm EST (Eastern Standard Time U.S)Current Chat Status: See themagical's chat session page for more details.
Location: Web site here.

**NOTICE: Due to this free chat room service, we can only allow 100 users at one session. That's why we recommend you pick the two times we have. If you didn't make it in either of our chat sessions, post it here and we'll see if we have time to make another session that day or another day at a different time. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause for others to join our chat session. We may have another session at a future time and date. Thanks for your understanding!

To join our chat room, you'll need to do the following:

- Open the chat room in a 'new browser window' instead of using a tab.
- Just make up a user name to sign in. *You don't have to create an account to join our chat room!
- You should use Internet Explorer 7 (or higher) & Firefox 3.5 (or higher) is recommended to have the best experience.
- You must have Java / Java plug-in enabled in your browser. If you don't have Java, you need to download for free from Java's website: http://www.java.com/

If you have any questions about this special session, please don't hesiate to contact us:
Webmaster: webmaster@themagical.nl
Email me (Reighard) at: sdt@themagical.nl

SEE YA REAL SOON!

Special thanks to Parachat.com for allowing us to use their chatting service!

Monday, October 12, 2009

School in session!

Hey all!

I trust you had a great summer 'staycation' (instead of vacation due to the ressions economy) this year and as well having fun with our current simulations.

By now, most of you have went back to school and have homework and possibly mid-terms by now! But don't worry, in your free time you can have fun and talk to our commuity or us when your done with your school work of course! ;)

It's October here in the states and I bet most of you guys (and gals) are getting ready for the festives of halloween events. I know by working at my job, halloween is huge thing and as well a big event in my area. I know alot of you are getting excited by it too!

The fall leaves blooming, the autium air of the cool crispness, and enjoying fall treats like pumpkin pie, candy and hot apple cider! This is the best time to enjoy the fall season at its fullest. (BRING ON THE CANDY!! heheh lol) :D

For those who aren't into halloween, there's always alternatives to enjoy the halloween event without all the ghosts and scary stuff that goes along with halloween.

Whatever you do, have a great October season! :)

Anyways, what's new for Themagical News:
Adobe Flash CS5: New Feature Flash to create for iphone games/apps!!

Flash Professional CS5 will enable you to build applications for iPhone and iPod touch using ActionScript 3. These applications can be delivered to iPhone and iPod touch users through the Apple App Store. *A public beta of Flash Professional CS5 with prerelease support for building applications for iPhone is planned for later this year. * Sign up to be notified when the beta starts.

At MAX 2009, Adobe showed a number of applications and games for iPhone that have been built using a prerelease version of Flash Professional CS5. These applications are available now for you to download from the Apple App Store:

Chroma Circuit
Trading Stuff
Fickleblox
Just Letters
South Park
That Roach Game
Red Hood

Developing for the Apple Iphone using Flash Article. Click here to read it!

Developer FAQ---------------Frequently Asked Questions
When will Adobe Flash Platform tooling support building applications for iPhone?

A public beta of Flash Professional CS5 including support for building applications for iPhone is planned for later this year. Sign up to be notified when the beta is available.

How does the Flash Platform tooling update help developers?

The tooling update allows developers to use Flash technologies to develop content for iPhone and iPod touch, devices that were previously closed to them. Developers can write new code or reuse existing web content to build applications for iPhone. Because the source code and assets are reusable across the Flash Platform runtimes,—Adobe AIR and Flash Player—it also gives developers a way to more easily target other mobile and desktop environments.

How is this different from Adobe Flash Player 10 coming to iPhone? Will iPhone users be able to view web content built with Flash technology in the iPhone browser?

The new support for iPhone applications in the Flash Platform tooling will not allow iPhone users to browse web content built with Flash technology on iPhone, but it may allow developers to repackage existing web content as applications for iPhone if they choose to do so.

Flash Player uses a just-in-time compiler and virtual machine within a browser plug-in to play back content on websites. Those technologies are not allowed on the iPhone at this time, so a Flash Player for iPhone is not being made available today.

Flash Professional CS5 will enable developers to build applications for iPhone that are installed as native applications. Users will be able to access the apps after downloading them from Apple’s App Store and installing them on iPhone or iPod touch.

Can applications for iPhone built with Flash Platform tooling be delivered through Apple’s App Store?

Yes. Developers can deliver applications built with Flash Platform tooling just like any other iPhone application. This will require the developer to be a member of the iPhone Developer Program and follow the program guidelines.

Do developers need to participate in Apple’s iPhone Developer Program in order to develop or deploy applications for iPhone using the Flash Platform tools?

Yes. A developer certificate from Apple is required in order to test and deploy applications to iPhone. Apple provides information on its developer programs at http://developer.apple.com/iphone/.

Are applications for iPhone built with Flash Platform tools interpreted at runtime?

No. iPhone applications built with Flash Platform tools are compiled into standard, native iPhone executables, just like any other iPhone application.

Can applications load SWF files or other code at runtime, such as a module from a website?

No. iPhone applications built with Flash Platform tools are compiled into standard, native iPhone executable packages and there is no runtime interpreter that could be used to run ActionScript bytecode within the application.

Which version of the iPhone SDK/operating system is supported by the applications?

Applications can be built targeting iPhone OS 3.0 and later.Will applications built with Flash Platform tools work on iPod touch? iPhone 1.0? iPhone 3G? iPhone 3GS?Applications should work on all iPhone and iPod touch devices. However, as the hardware specifications of the devices are widely divergent, content performance may vary between devices and device generations.

* Delivery through the App Store requires participation in the iPhone Developer Program and approval of the application by Apple.

Source: Adobe Labs

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Be sure to take a look at "Themagical Simulations Page" at http://tsa.themagical.nl/ !

Trust you have week and as well do well in school this year!

Until next time!


Reighard

Simulation Development Team
Email: sdt@themagical.nl

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

How's it going? Enjoying your summer?

Hey everybody!

I'm glad to speak with you again and wishing you are having a great time on your "staycation" uh....I mean summer vacation this summer season.

By now, august is the sign of the end of summer and I trust you are doing well this summer season.

We at themagical.nl staff are doing well and have been busy over the last couple months of working at our normal daily lives jobs but making some time for the flash site project.

We have completely redo the site to a more book theme. We are still making changes to have that touch we are looking for. The feel of the site and as well easy to navigate around the site.

You can visit the flash site at : http://sims.themagical.nl/ **Be sure you have the lastest Adobe Flash Player version to view the site. (*Version 10 is required and recommended to use).

Sorry for not updating this for while. It's been a busy summer for me and several situations happened to me during this summer. Let's just say my body is really going through a tough time this summer! :O ! 0_o!?

More updates shall be coming soon! Enjoy the rest of your summer break!

Until Then,

Reighard

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Summer is here! Enjoy!

Hi all!!

We hope you are having a great time since "summer" has officially arrived here in the U.S. states!!

I love the summer time and I love to have fun at local amusement parks, bbq's events, family outings meals with each other and on top of that....enjoying a chocolate snack to chill my day.

Speaking of chocolate, Mars (M&M company) is giving out free chocolate!!

Every Friday through September for a chance to get a Free* Real Chocolate coupon for your favorite Mars. *Limit: 250,000 Coupons per Friday (9:00:00AM ET to 11:59:59PM ET/Vaild to U.S. Residents).

Click here for more details!

So enjoy a free chocolate from M&M and your summer 'staycation'!! (LOL! Just kidding on the staycation part. ;) )

Until then,

Reighard

Sunday, May 31, 2009

New Blog Update!


Blog Update!

Hello all! We have an exciting news to announce to you all readers. By now you've notice the new change of our theme from the basic reddish color to a crowded messy desk like theme.

The theme is a new update that is eye candy and as well gives it a more Walt Disney Imagineers desk feel to it (not the messy feel of creativity or a messy desk).

I wanted a nice theme that makes you feel that there's alot of possiblities when it comes to creativity to creating flash sites/simulations and other special projects at 'Themagical'.

The theme you are browsing may not look properly and we recommend you viewing with Internet Explorer 7 to see the theme correctly (Not recommended Firefox 2.5 and higher to view the blog theme).

We would like to hear your feedback! Tell us what you think of the new theme! :)

Thanks and enjoy your summer break!!

Until then,

Reighard

Email: sdt@themagical.nl